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My Foodie Valentine (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

I’m all about boutique eats. You know, the little guys. The local companies producing amazing and delicious products. The beauty is that they are not name brands; they feel like your own little secret that you just want to share with the world (or hoard all for yourself, depending on the day). There is a spirit, a passion in the food that you just don’t get with mass-produced products. As a small business owner myself I love supporting these companies. If that means using what little ‘juice’ I might have with this blog of mine, than so be it.

So when Maggie of EatBoutique got in touch with me about her new gourmet gift boxes, I just had to try.

And as soon as I tried, I knew I had to share.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

This particular box is touted as a Valentine’s box. I know we all love our Valentine’s treats, but a box like this trumps a dozen roses and a box of ho-hum chocolates any day. Filled with locally-produced goodies from New York and Massachusetts, it really is a foodie’s wonderland. Bacon-coffee caramel popcorn, sea-salted caramels, chocolate raspberry cashews, melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies, chocolate covered cocoa nibs, and a jar of deliciously sweet and spicy canned beets (that Taylor promptly claimed for himself). Oh, and Fluffy caramel chocolate chip marshmallow puffs; I may have died just a little when I tasted them.

While it is too late for Valentine’s Day, this gift box is not holiday exclusive. It’d be a great gift for any foodie in your life (or for yourself, for that matter!) and at only $55 (plus shipping), it’s a great value for the sheer amount of gourmet goodness that’s packed inside. Not to mention a truly personal touch (each box comes with a hand-written message). Even better, EatBoutique has plans for more holiday-themed gift boxes (can you say, Mother’s Day?), and boxes of year-round enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

It’s giveaway time, lovebirds! Maggie of EatBoutique has so kindly offered a second EatBoutique February gift box to one lucky Love & Olive Oil reader! It’s completely up to you if you share it with your sweetie, or hoard it all for yourself (totally not judging you).

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

Entries open through Thursday, February 17 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Friday, February 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from EatBoutique. Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I’m in love at first bite! I just entered to win a gourmet gift box from @eatboutique and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/fpnS5N
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 101
    Annie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

    My favorite treat for Valentine’s Day (or anytime) are the salted caramels (or spicy chili chocolates… sometimes I can’t decide) from the best chocolatier I’ve ever known – a tiny little place called Arrowhead Chocolate in Joseph, OR (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arrowhead-Chocolates/135462139842638).

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  2. 102
    Annie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

    And I’m a fan on facebook!

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  3. 103
    sarah b.
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

    red velvet whoopie pies – yum!

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  4. 104
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

    cheesecake! yum!

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  5. 105
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Every year on valentine’s day my husband and I make truffles together. My favorites are filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream ganache.

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  6. 106
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I love chocolate chip cookies with a layer of cream cheese on top!

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  7. 107
    Jessica
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Any kind of cupcake!

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  8. 108
    Linda
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Strawberries! Anything with strawberries!!

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  9. 109
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I love chocolate covered cherries! I used to always get a box on Valentine’s Day for my Poppy when I was little, and he’d always share with me :)

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  10. 110
    Annie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

    And followed/tweeted on twitter!

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  11. 111
    Tami Papajcik
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I’m a HUGE facebook fan and my favorite Valentine treat is anything chocolate! Truffles and chocolate covered strawberries would be my very favorites.

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  12. 112
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I love decorated sugar cookies. Wait I think chocolate covered strawberries.

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  13. 113
    Jennifer
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Chocolate chocolate chocolate!

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  14. 114
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I like you facebook.

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  15. 115
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I love anything with chocolate – and anything in the shape of a heart, in a pink or red wrapper… I love Valentine’s Day :)

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  16. 116
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I like you on Facebook, too!

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  17. 117
    Rachel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Fannie Mae candies! Pixies. No, dark chocolate raspberry buttercreams. Wait, mint meltaways. Whoa, now I want them ALL and can’t decide (insert Homer Simpson drool here).

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  18. 118
    DebraE
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    My favorite Valentine treat is a pink frosted sugar cookie. Yum!

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  19. 119
    Rachel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

    also a fan on the FB

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  20. 120
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    My favorite treat right now is the peanut butter cookie from the Old School Bagel Co. in Tulsa Ok.

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  21. 121
    Monica
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    My favorite Valentine treat has to be a tie between homemade sugar cookies and gobstopper hearts <3

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  22. 122
    Cheryl
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I am addicted to Red Hots! You know, those little cinnamon candies. Once I start, I can’t seem to stop! Chewy sugar cookies with buttercream frosting is also a must have on Valentine’s Day.
    I am also a Facebook fan!

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  23. 123
    Meghan
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’m partial to shortbread cookies with frosting!

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  24. 124
    Margo
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    My favorite Valentine treat is Chocolate Brownies! Make them myself and we all enjoy!! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  25. 125
    Beth
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Chocolate covered cherries, homemade or store bought!

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  26. 126
    Meghan
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:34 am
  27. 127
    Meghan Finley
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I’m a FB fan

    Reply

  28. 128
    Zak
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Anything with dark chocolate.

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  29. 129
    David P. Swindler
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

    Cella’s dark chocolate covered cherries.

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  30. 130
    sydney85
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    My favorite would be passionfruit macarons but they are hard to find so next would be chocolate covered strawberries.

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  31. 131
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

    My favorite <3 day treat is chocolate truffles.

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  32. 132
    Michelle W.
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Creme brulee!!

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  33. 133
    Marsha
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    My favorite Valentine treat is a box of Russell Stovers chocolates. Not the soft-centers, but the nutty/chewy variety. Mmmm….

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  34. 134
    Paratorej
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Brownies! Or red velvet cupcakes! Or my new fave nutella chip cookies!

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  35. 135
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

    We’re having apple pie for dessert for Valentine’s Day (with a homemade all-butter crust) with vanilla ice cream. To me, that sounds just about right:)

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  36. 136
    Jill Shirley
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Godiva truffles or those little midnight dark chocolate pieces … not homemade but they still make me all warm and gooey inside! ^.^

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  37. 137
    Marsha
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:47 am
  38. 138
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

    dark chocolate!

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  39. 139
    Sarah
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Red velvet cupcakes!

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  40. 140
    Peggy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Chocolate covered strawberries! My hubby made them for me when he proposed on Valentine’s day :-)

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  41. 141
    Lindsay
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Smooches and a warm brownie sundae!

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  42. 142
    Jess
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Cupcakes. Love them. Chocolate cupcakes.

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  43. 143
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

    red velvet whoopie pies!!!

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  44. 144
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I actually always choose vanilla or caramel treats over chocolate…and I love white chocolate truffles! That said, a chocolate lava cake can’t be beat.

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  45. 145
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I tweeted (@AlmostVeganBlog)

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  46. 146
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I became a fan on facebook :)

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  47. 147
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I like you on FB – Amber Shea F.

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  48. 148
    Mélissa fox
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Chocolate fondue! With white & orange chocolate and all types of ripe fruits!

    Reply

  49. 149
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    My favorite is dark chocolate with sea salt. The perfect combo and sweet and savory!

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  50. 150
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s day treat… must be strawberries dipped in raw chocolate sauce. Yumm, about to make some in the morning! Or… almond butter cups– amazingly tasty.

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  51. 151
    jenna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    My favorite Valentine treat is Leonidas chocolate. I love the Manon Cafe’s. Each bite is bliss!

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  52. 152
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I tweeted (@mickis)

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  53. 153
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook (Mikaela Johansson)

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  54. 154
    Abbey
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    All the cheap deals on good candy come Feb. 15!!

    Reply

  55. 155
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat has got to be a simple bar of delicious dark chocolate (:

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  56. 156
    Leah
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Almost any combination of hazelnut and chocolate, or coffee and chocolate…

    Reply

  57. 157
    Nicole
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    i love those chocolate covered cookie dough balls! make them every year for valentines day since i first found them on this website :)

    Reply

  58. 158
    Jamie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love dark chocolate and red wine on valentine’s day!

    Reply

  59. 159
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is going out for a romantic dinner, but not on Valentine’s Day!

    Reply

  60. 160
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I like you on Facebook (and like you in general!).

    Reply

  61. 161
    Billie Brownell
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is anything I am gifted with (especially anything chocolate!).

    Reply

  62. 162
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I like you on Facebook (and just plain like you!).

    Reply

  63. 163
    Angela
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I am making Nutella cupcakes with Nutella cream cheese frosting today, these might become my favorite Valentine treat!

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  64. 164
    Abbey
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm
  65. 165
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Anything chocolate!

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  66. 166
    Kristina
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s day treat is homemade brownies, heart-shaped and decorated. I also love buying custom chocolate dipped strawberries.

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  67. 167
    Betty
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries :)

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  68. 168
    KatieRK
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries!or really anything chocolate covered…hehe

    Reply

  69. 169
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    It will be salted caramel this year, homemade. Can’t wait.

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  70. 170
    KatieRK
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I just retweeted! ksquared222

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  71. 171
    KatieRK
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    And finally, I am already a FB follower:)

    Reply

  72. 172
    vivian
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    MY favorite Valentine’s day treat is a tie (although there are many more that could be added to the list) between Chocolate Molten Cakes and Champagne Truffles. I get one or the other or both on V day.

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  73. 173
    vivian
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I do follow you on Facebook.

    Reply

  74. 174
    Karen
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’m a chocoholic, so we like to whip of molten chocolate cakes for dessert. We have a recipe that’s quick and easy.

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  75. 175
    Karen
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Follower on Facebook!

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  76. 176
    Lindsay
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    My favorite simple valentines day treat has to be the classic little conversation candy hearts

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  77. 177
    Joan
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is dark chocolate covered strawberries. Strawberries are in season here!

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  78. 178
    Lindsay
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway (lindsaykaufman)

    Reply

  79. 179
    Lindsay
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I also liked Love and Olive Oil on facebook

    Reply

  80. 180
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Anything with chocolate — this year, chocolate bread pudding!

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  81. 181
    Jane L.
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries.
    Or chocolate covered anything, really.

    Reply

  82. 182
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I follow on twitter and tweeted the giveaway

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  83. 183
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    And I am now a fan on facebook!

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  84. 184
    Cee
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite valentine’s treat is a raspberry oat bar that my husband makes. Delicious, but fairy decadent with all of the brown sugar, butter and raspberry jam.

    Reply

  85. 185
    Maria
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    My parents have sent me a box of Wilmar’s chocolates every year since I stopped living at home – they’re the best!

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  86. 186
    Anne
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Fresh heart shaped sugar cookies with pink almond glaze!

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  87. 187
    Rachel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Chocolate Fondue. Mmmm <3

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    Btrflywmn
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    love homemade stuff, just don’t always have the time to make things.

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  89. 189
    Btrflywmn
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm
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    Btrflywmn
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    fan on facebook – Charlene G

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  91. 191
    Mary
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries stuffed with a sweet mascarpone filling. Mmm..

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  92. 192
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Whoa- magical comments. My favorite treat for Valentine’s Day is the same as for Christmas with the fam: Surprise Meringues. They are meringues with chocolate chips, stupid-easy to make, and have a range of textures (my dad likes ‘em chewy, and I like ‘em crispy!), and are a memory of my grandma. :)

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  93. 193
    Janice
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is a homemade red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. This is my sweetie’s favorite dessert and there is nothing lovelier than sharing a piece of cake with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. =)

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  94. 194
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    And just liked L&OO on Facebook! :) Keep up the good work!

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  95. 195
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I make a slightly salty chocolate cookie using the chocolate cookie recipe from thomas keller’s oreos, add a little puddle of homemade caramel, and top it with a little seal salt and lavender from the backyard. :)

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  96. 196
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Soft center chocolate cakes with raspberry sauce. Mmmm.

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  97. 197
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I follow you on facebook!

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  98. 198
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is chocolate covered ginger. It’s heavenly. Or chocolate dipped strawberries. So luscious.

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  99. 199
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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  100. 200
    Sheila Cohig
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    chocolate mousse shared w/my honey!

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